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Wes Ryan

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Wes Ryan has been with the FAA for 13 years and manages the Technology Programs & Procedures Branch in the Small Airplane Directorate in Kansas City. He leads emerging technology initiatives for the FAA in avionics, light sport, electric propulsion, and unmanned aircraft, and has been instrumental in bringing glass displays, GPS moving maps, and envelope protection autopilot technology into light GA aircraft. He is currently the policy lead for the Aircraft Certification service for UAS/RPAS design related requirements and the type design approval process. His goal is to see the safe integration of UAS into the NAS, and to leverage UAS technology to improve safety of the manned GA fleet through flight path control and “refuse to crash” logic in the next 5-10 years.